Very cool mental gymnastics! I wanna play, too. :DOriginally Posted by RonBee
The term 'past prefect simple' sounds kind of odd, doesn't it? But what if we added a capital to the word simple?
Considered the meaning of 'Simple' in "Simple Past":
Simple Past = one event in time (simple temporal relationship)
Past Perfect = two events related in time (complex temporal relationship)
Now consider the meaning of 'simple' in "Past Perfect simple":
simple in form (not in tense)
base form: had been
complex in form (not in tense)
base form: had been + added morophology -ing
I believe Lib meant simple in form and not Simple, as in tense.
Mind you though, if we capitalized the entire word "SIMPLE", which I believe Lib did do, it makes it very hard indeed to tell if SIMPLE means, "simple" (form) or "Simple" (tense).
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